Greater Washington Area Chapter, Women Lawyers Division, National Bar Association (GWAC)

GWAC is a network of African-American women attorneys dedicated to the professional development of its members. We are committed to improving the quality of life in the Greater Washington D.C. area through a variety of activities, including educational programs and community service projects.




Click here for Judge Fentress' biography

The Greater Washington Area Chapter, Women Lawyers Division, National Bar Association ("GWAC") and the GWAC Foundation, Inc.

cordially invite you to join us on


February 23, 2017, at 6:30 p.m.


Morgan, Lewis and Bockius, LLP

(1111 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004)

for the


29th Annual Charlotte E. Ray Award Presentation and Reception

in recognition of The Honorable Tara J. Fentress




Arrive early and bring your business cards for a chance to join GWAC on Saturday February 25, 2017 at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.  Please note that you must be a dues paying member to qualify.  

For any questions or concerns, please contact Revetta Dixon, Charlotte E. Ray Committee Chair at  


Upcoming Events

GWAC goes to the Museum

February 25, 2017
12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

National Museum of African American History and Culture
14th St and Constitution Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Join GWAC on Saturday, February 25, 2017, as we celebrate Black History Month.

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Obama’s Legacy and Impact on Criminal Justice Reform

February 28, 2017
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Howard University School of Law
2900 Van Ness Street, NW
Washington, DC 20008

Join us for a discussion on Obama’s Legacy and Impact on Criminal Justice Reform.

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Personal Branding Event

March 08, 2017
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

WeWork Metropolitan Square
1440 G St NW
Washington, DC 20005

Join us as we discuss how to build your personal brand.

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2017 Annual Networking and Awards Reception

2016 - 2017 President's Welcome Message
Alicia McNeal, Esq., President

Greetings, I am both humbled and excited to serve as GWAC's President for the 2016-2017 bar year.  Over the past forty years, GWAC has shaped the legal experience for African-American female attorneys in the Greater Washington DC area.  From fighting for equality to providing education and opportunity, GWAC has always had a positive impact in the legal community.  As more African-American female attorneys enter the profession, GWAC will continue to foster and sustain a viable presence in the legal profession by providing educational and networking opportunities to ensure their success.

The theme of this bar year will be, Expanding the GWAC Brand.  This initiative will be accomplished through various panel discussions, community service projects, leadership training and interactive events.  As African-American female attorneys, it is important to not only promote professional growth but also to assist younger generations of African-American female attorneys to grow and succeed within this profession. Moreover, GWAC will focus on promoting a work/life balance.  The practice of law is a highly stressful practice and I believe it is important to create and sustain a balance.  Throughout the bar year, GWAC will host artistic and fitness networking opportunities for our members, friends, and the Greater Washington DC area legal community.   

GWAC is an organization that stands at the forefront of change within the legal community and this new bar year will be no different.  Please take the time to peruse our website and learn more about our organization.  Look at our calendar of events for various activities that you can be a part of, and if you are not already a member, please visit our membership page and join today.